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      How do I become a teacher?
      How do I apply for teaching positions as an overseas applicant?
      Are there subject specialisations that are considered as areas of shortage?
      How do I apply for teaching positions within Australia?
      I only want to be considered for Temporary Relief Teaching – what do I need to
       do?
      Will my teaching qualifications be recognised?
      How do I find out information regarding visa eligibility?
      Where do I find job vacancies relating to leadership positions?
      How do I become a School Counsellor?
      What qualifications are necessary to work in Child Care Centres/Out of School
       Hours Care (OSHC) in South Australia?
      When will I get my authority to do TRT?
      When I accept a temporary employment position (contract), when do I get my
       appointment letter?
      Why didn’t I get a contract with my appointment letter?
      What temporary employment positions (contracts) are available? How do I go
       about being considered for temporary employment positions?
      How can I add additional subjects, skills, to my online teacher application for
       employment?
      Is it important to include the “Personal Statement” as an attachment to my online
       teacher application? What should I include?
      When are applications due?
      How much will I earn as a teacher?
      How are salaries calculated?
      Where can I access salary information?
      When do I progress to the next tier level?
      How are duty days calculated?
      Are duty days different for people who are not permanent?
      If I have worked as a teacher outside of DECS is that recognised?
      Whose responsibility is it to provide information about prior service and / or
       qualifications gained?
      Where do I find information on how I can have my salary tier reassessed to
       ensure that I am being paid the correct salary?
      I have taught with DECS for some years and would like to teach either interstate
       or overseas. How do I obtain a record of my teaching service with DECS?
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     1.      How do I become a teacher?

In order to become a teacher in South Australia you would need University qualifications in an
area/s of specialisation. You will need to contact the universities for further information if you are
interested in pursuing teaching. University websites are as follows:

http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/
www.adelaide.edu.au/courses/
http://www.unisa.edu.au/study/progcourses/default.asp
http://www.taboradelaide.edu.au/courses/courses.php

The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) website provides a listing of
postgraduate courses offered in South Australia and prerequisites for course entry. This guide in
available in stationery shops for $10.00, or you can access their website on:
http://www.satac.edu.au/

If you already have a first degree in an area of specialisation applicable to teaching in DECS
schools there are postgraduate teacher education courses offered at the three South Australian
universities & at Tabor College Inc. Listed below are some of the courses that are offered at South
Australian universities:

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Magill) – University of South Australia
Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) – University of South Australia
Bachelor of Education (Primary & Middle) – University of South Australia
Bachelor of Education (Middle & Secondary) - University of South Australia
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Flinders University of South Australia
Bachelor of Special Education – (Flinders) – University of South Australia
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) - University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Tabor College Inc
Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Tabor College Inc
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) - Tabor College Inc

NB: this list is not meant to be conclusive. Please refer to SATAC guide for more information or
contact the relevant university for more specific information.

2.        How do I apply for teaching positions as an overseas applicant?

We welcome a registration of interest for employment with DECS once you have established your
visa situation. You will need to discuss your eligibility with the Department of Immigration and
Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs http://www.immi.gov.au/

To be eligible to teach in South Australia you require teacher registration with the Teachers
Registration Board of South Australia (TRB). If you were successful in gaining a work visa, you
would then need to contact TRB at www.trb.sa.edu.au regarding the eligibility of your qualifications
and to obtain teacher registration.

Teachers seeking employment with the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS)
are required to meet all minimum requirements prior to commencing employment. All applicants
who lodge an on-line application and meet application minimum requirements will be issued
with a TRT Authority letter which will allow them to undertake Temporary Relief Teaching. The
DECS minimum requirements for teaching include:

         An On-Line teacher application, Register Interest For Teacher 2009/2010, via
          http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/ Applications (DECSjobs);
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        A completed current Employment Declaration (VL233) faxed or emailed to the Recruitment
         Unit;
        Verification of Australian residency (Australian birth certificate, residency permit or visa)
         faxed or emailed to the Recruitment Unit;
        South Australian Teacher’s Registration;
        Mandatory Notification Training;
        A DECS approved First Aid course;
        and a Criminal History Screening Check (part of the SA Teacher Registration process)

     Applicants do not need to complete a separate TRT application form to receive the TRT
     Authority.

We recommend you obtain references / work reports from overseas which support your teaching
practice and that address the Personal Statement addressing the headings of “Relationships”,
“Student Learning”, “Curriculum”, and “Safe Work Practices”. These documents should be
attached at Section 11 of the online teacher application at “Register Interest For Teaching”, 2009
and section 13 for 2010.

3.       Are there subject specialisations that are considered as areas of shortage?

There is no guarantee of employment although currently there is a demand for senior secondary
Mathematics, Science, Home Economics, Technical Studies and English, Special Education,
Agriculture and a wider range of subjects in demand in country areas. It is difficult to predict which
subject areas will be in demand in the future, but you would increase your chances of gaining
employment if you apply for teaching positions in the more remote areas of the State. There are
generally more opportunities for permanent employment in country/remote locations in South
Australia as opposed to the metropolitan areas.

4.       How do I apply for teaching positions within Australia?

To be eligible to be considered for temporary or “contract” teaching positions, applicants must be
part of the Employable Teacher Register. This can be achieved by Registering an Interest For
Teaching       online    through      DECSjobs      at      the    following     web       address:
http://www.teachinginsa.sa.edu.au/jobsearch/ and meeting the DECS minimum requirements for
teaching before commencing employment. Information regarding the DECS minimum requirem ents
is found at http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/employmentopps/ . The online application can be updated at
any time by the applicant as additional / new information needs to be added or attached.
Attachments may include, academic transcript(s), references / work reports, Personal Statement,
Résumé, qualifications parchment.

Permanent teaching positions are won by responding to a school’s advertisement regarding a
vacancy at that school which has been posted on the DECS website at
http://www.teachinginsa.sa.edu.au/jobsearch/. The applicant applies online to the school and
addresses the vacancy description. If the applicant meets the vacancy criteria, they are short listed
by a local selection panel at the school based on merit. The panel will then contact referees. The
successful applicant is then informed by the principal of their success and is offered the position by
the Senior HR Consultant responsible for that school.

There are generally more opportunities for permanent employment in country/remote locations in
South Australia as opposed to the metropolitan areas.

5.       I only want to be considered for Temporary Relief Teaching – what do I need to do?
Information relating to Temporary Relief Teaching (TRT) can be accessed at:
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http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/employmentopps/ . Any teacher who is part of the Employable Teacher
Register, who has met the DECS minimum requirements for teaching is eligible to receive a TRT
Authority letter and therefore eligible for TRT.
To be eligible to teach in South Australia you require teacher registration with the Teachers
Registration Board of South Australia (TRB). If you are from overseas and were successful in
gaining a work visa, you would then need to contact TRB at http://www.trb.sa.edu.au/ regarding the
eligibility of your qualifications and to obtain teacher registration.


6.     Will my teaching qualifications be recognised?

In order to determine whether your qualifications are recognised in South Australia, you will need
to contact the Teacher's Registration Board (TRB) located at www.trb.sa.edu.au regarding the
eligibility of your qualifications and to obtain teacher registration. The TRB can also be contacted
by telephoning 8226 2666, or by visiting their office located at: Level 6, 70 Pirie Street, Adelaide
5000.

7.     How do I find out information regarding visa eligibility?

We welcome a registration of interest for employment with DECS once you have established your
visa situation. You will need to discuss your eligibility with the Department of Immigration and
Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs
http://www.immi.gov.au/

8.     Where do I find job vacancies relating to leadership positions?

All leadership positions are advertised on the Department of Education and Children’s Services
(DECS) website at: http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/employmentopps/. The online vacancy application
should address the vacancy description and when completed sent as an online application directly
to the school posting the vacancy.

9.     How do I become a School Counsellor?

A School Counsellor is a leadership position. All school counsellors must have teacher registration
and meet the DECS minimum requirements for teaching. All leadership positions are advertised on
the     Department   of    Education    and      Children’s  Services     (DECS)    website      at:
http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/employmentopps/ . The online vacancy application should address the
vacancy description and when completed sent as an online application directly to the school
posting the vacancy.

10.    What qualifications are necessary to work in Child Care Centres/Out of School Hours
       Care (OSHC) in South Australia?

You are able to contact the Licensing and Standards Unit, DECS on telephone 8226 0077 to
request information on the status of your qualifications. Recruitment is not responsible for the
application process for childcare centres. Instead, you will need to contact individual childcare
centres for further information.


11.    When will I get my authority to do TRT?

All applications for teaching whether TRT only or temporary/permanent are submitted online
through DECSjobs to DECS Recruitment. Once the application has been submitted successfully it
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will be lodged in the Recruitment data base. The applicant will receive an Acknowledgment letter
showing currency of the application.

To be employed as a teacher, however, an applicant must meet the DECS 6 minimum
requirements for employment, where the application is one of those requirements. Go to:
http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/portal/employment opps.asp?group=shr&id=tpprerequisites
for information about the 6 minimum requirements. Listed, these requirements include:

       1.   An      On-Line     Application,    Register     Interest      For     Teacher    2009/2010,        via
            http://www.decs.sa.gov.au// Applications(DECSjobs);
       2.   A completed current Employment Declaration (VL233) faxed or emailed to the Recruitment Unit;
       3.   Verification of Australian residency (Australian birth certificate, residency permit or visa) fax ed or
            emailed to the Recruitment Unit;
       4.   South Australian Teachers Registration verified via VL712C form (A Criminal History Screening
            Check (part of the SA Teacher Registration process)
       5.   Mandatory Notification Training verified via VL712C form;
       6.   A DECS approved First Aid course verified via VL 712C form;

The Acknowledgement letter will show the currency (expiry dates) of the minimum requirements.
Where ALL the dates shown are in the FUTURE, this letter is a valid TRT Authority. If any of
the dates have expired, the letter is no longer a valid Authority and the teacher cannot be
employed until the certificate(s) or application that has expired is updated. Each time a teacher has
either updated their application or their certificates, a new Acknowledgment letter is sent to the
teacher. Not all changes will appear on the new Acknowledgment letter.

With all teacher applications, whether TRT only or temporary/permanent, being submitted online,
and certificates being faxed or emailed into Recruitment or verified at a DECS site, under normal
circumstances and not in peak times, and assuming all the minimum requirements for employment
with DECS have been provided and cleared by Recruitment, an applicant should receive their TRT
Authority within 2 weeks. During peak times the processing of applications and documents will take
longer.

Original certificates of Teacher Registration, Mandatory Notification and First Aid can be sighted at
a school/site and verified by the site leader on a VL712C form. This form will them be forwarded to
DECS Recruitment for updating and a new TRT Authority sent to the teacher. The teacher cannot
be paid until this information has been updated by Recruitment.


12.    When I accept a temporary employment position (contract), when do I get my
       appointment letter?

Once you have accepted a position, which has been offered to you by a Senior Human Resource
consultant (Staffing Officer) you will be allocated to the vacancy. Your appointment letter will be
called within 24 hours and sent to either the school or preschool site or the home addres s as listed
on your current application for employment.

13.    Why didn’t I get a contract with my appointment letter?

Teachers are now employed under Section 15 of the Education Act, which does not require them
to sign a contract.

14.    What temporary employment positions (contracts) are available? How do I go about
       being considered for temporary employment positions?
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           Principals/ Directors identify the vacancies they have within their sites as they
            become available.
           If there are no permanent employees requiring placement all employable teachers
            who match the vacancy are considered through the selection process. An offer of
            employment is then made to the recommended teacher.
           If, after this process is completed the vacancy is unfilled it may be advertised on the
            DECSjobs website under
            http://www.teachinginsa.sa.edu.au/jobsearch/
           An available employable teacher is able to apply for these positions through
            DECSjobs
           Applications then are accessed by the relevant school personnel for consideration
            and they will make a recommendation to their Senior HR Consultant
           Offers of temporary employment may then be made.
Appointments to vacancies will not be made to people who ring up looking for work. As a Public
Employer DECS must work within the Policies and Procedures for employment within the
government.

15.       How can I add additional subjects, skills, to my online teacher application for
          employment?

Any subjects or skills that an applicant would like to add to their teacher application can be done by
editing the Subject / Skills section of their existing online application. Attached to the online
application should be written evidence to support these new subjects / skills. Evidence that can be
attached could include:
     Academic transcripts for university qualifications;
     Work reports, teaching references or practicum reports (if applicant is a graduate), written
        by a line manager which address the Personal Statement. Work reports can be written on
        the VL048 form (Temporary / Contract Teaching Report) or subjects / skills can be verified
        on a VL712 form found at this hyperlink: http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/employmentopps/
And
The applicant should ensure that they have included the names of referees who can verify any
teaching experience to support qualifications or who can support 2/3 years teaching experience at
0.4 FTE per year in the absence of qualification evidence.

16.       Is it important to include the “Personal Statement” as an attachment to my online
          teacher application? What should I include?
The “Personal Statement” gives you the opportunity to provide a generic description of your
strengths and practices as a teacher using the following 4 headings:
      1. Relationships - inclusive of:
         How you relate to students, staff, parents, school community.
         Importance of positive relationships
         Communication strategies
         Include examples from your practicum
         Contextualise to the vacancy if applying for an advertised position


      2. Student Learning – inclusive of:
         Methods you use - refer to practicum experience.
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         Mention the variety of teaching / learning techniques you employ.
         Relate to the vacancy description if applying for an advertised position


      3. Curriculum – inclusive of:
         Knowledge of your subjects / learning areas
         Assessment and reporting strategies.
         Refer to your practicum experience


      4. Safe Work Practices – inclusive of:
         Knowledge of DECS OHS&W
         Safe classroom / school environment for you and your students.

17.       When are applications due?

As all teacher applications are online, they can be submitted at any time. However, it is advisable
that applications for temporary employment positions for the following year should be submitted by
the commencement of term 4 of the previous year. To submit an application online, an applicant
needs to “Register Interest For Teaching” in DECjobs for the year in which they wish to teach.
This is a yearly process. The online application is found at the following hyperlink:
http://www.teachinginsa.sa.edu.au/jobsearch/ .Applications for permanent teacher vacancies do
have a closing date. Applicants are advised to read the vacancy description and due date details
very carefully when applying online.

Applicants who only want to be considered for temporary relief teaching also complete the same
online application form each year, but only tick the relevant section of the application to indicate
that they do not wish to be considered for Temporary (contract) / Permanent teaching positions.
Applications can be updated at any time

18.       How much will I earn as a teacher?

Generally all teachers start on tier (step) 1. After 207 duty days (term-time working /dutydays), the
system automatically adds the next tier (step). DECS has an 8 tier scale. Independent and Catholic
Education sectors have their own tier scales.

19.       How are salaries calculated?

Salaries are described in the relevant industrial awards or agreements. There are now 8 (formally
12) incremental salary tiers (steps) paid in accordance with academic and teacher qualifications,
and length of teaching service.

20.       Where can I access salary information?

Current information re salary rates can be accessed through the DECS website at:
www.decs.sa.gov.au and clicking on Employment Opportunities
    Employee Conditions (left margin)
    Wages and Salaries (left margin)
    Wages and Salary Rates or
    click on the following link: Wages and Salary Rates or
    go to the direct link at:
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       http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/portal/employment opps.asp?group=shr&id= 26961

21.    When do I progress to the next tier level?

A teacher appointed under the Education Act is entitled to progress to the next higher incremental
step upon the completion of each 207 duty days served.

22.    How are duty days calculated?

Duty days are calculated as follows:
For most preschool based and school based employees there are 207 duty days in each calendar
year. This is based on 2 days (prior to the commencement of the preschool / school year) and 5
working days per week (Monday to Friday) over 41 weeks.

23.    Are duty days different for people who are not permanent?

Duty days accrued as a Temporary Relieving Teacher and /or Contract Teacher are equivalent to
days accrued by a person employed as an Officer in the permanent teaching service.

24.    If I have worked as a teacher outside of DECS is that recognised?

All`Teaching Experience' is cumulative regardless of where that experience was gained, the nature
of that teaching experience, or whether it was accrued in part years.

25.    Whose responsibility is it to provide information about prior service and / or
       qualifications gained?

The onus is on the teacher to provide information regarding non-DECS teaching experience that
has been accrued and additional qualifications gained which have not been recognised. Click on
the following link to access a: Salary Reclassification Request Form (SR) form
Salary Reclassification (SR) Request VL777 form

26.    Where do I find information on how I can have my salary tier reassessed to ensure
       that I am being paid the correct salary?

Information on how to request a Salary Reclassification is found at the following hyperlink:
http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/portal/employmentopps.asp?group=shr&id=34435.
A Salary Reclassification Request form (VL777), accompanied by corroborating evidence of
teaching experience in schools outside of DECS as outlined at the above website, should be
emailed      to     DECS       Recruitment       via      the     following       email      address:
decs.recruitmentSR@saugov.sa.gov.au

27.    I have taught with DECS for some years and would like to teach either interstate or
       overseas. How do I obtain a record of my teaching service with DECS?

Your new employer, whether interstate or overseas will require you to provide them with a
Statement of Service (SOS) from DECS which will show your length of teaching service with DECS
and will use this information to assess the appropriate salary level for you. A request for a SOS can
be made on a “Statement of Service Request Form”, a VL778. This form and SOS Guidelines can
be found at this hyperlink:
http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/portal/employmentopps.asp?group=shr&id=34535 .
Once completed, it can be sent to DECS Recruitment via the following email address:
decs.recruitmentSOS@saugov.sa.gov.au

				
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